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HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary FILMS: TASHI AND THE MONK

HBO Documentary FILMS: TASHI AND THE MONK

Overview: In a distant village on a remote mountaintop of the Himalayas sits Jhamtse Gatsal (Tibetan for “The Garden of Love and Compassion”), a special school and home for 85 orphaned and neglected children. Founded by former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phunstok, who trained with the Dalai Lama, this unique community gives boys and girls the chance to escape extreme poverty and grow up in an environment where they are free to be themselves and dream about their future. Directed by Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke, this documentary tells the story of Lobsang, whose own dark childhood led him to create this safe haven, and his newest arrival,...

HBO’s Documentary Slate for the Remainder of 2015

HBO’s Documentary Slate for the Remainder of 2015

We like to keep you abreast of these sorts of things so here straight from an HBO press release is the lineup of documentaries expected to premiere Monday nights through the remainder of the year. HBO has confirmed a compelling array of thought-provoking documentaries for the second half of 2015, from an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the world’s most famous ballet company in BOLSHOI BABYLON, to an intimate portrait of foreign-policy legend Richard Holbrooke in THE DIPLOMAT, to the racially charged story of a fight for justice in the Sundance award winner 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS. Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in...

HBO Documentary Films: TOE TAG PAROLE: TO LIVE AND DIE ON YARD A

HBO Documentary Films: TOE TAG PAROLE: TO LIVE AND DIE ON YARD A

Overview: America is the most punitive nation in the world, handing out historically harsh sentences that largely dispense with the concept of rehabilitation. Alan and Susan Raymond explore the reality of “the other death penalty” in TOE TAG PAROLE: TO LIVE AND DIE ON YARD A. Featuring exclusive, unprecedented access, this documentary was shot entirely at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, a maximum-security facility in the Mojave Desert. In 2000, a California State Prison inmate serving Life Without Parole (LWOP) approached the warden to request a dedicated yard for men serving life sentences that would break the code of...

HBO Documentary Films: PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON

HBO Documentary Films: PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON

Overview: Jane Anderson has a story about her great-aunt, Edith Lake Wilkinson. One day in the mid-1960s, Jane’s mother suggested to her sister-in-law that they go up into the attic, where they discovered hundreds of Edith’s paintings packed into trunks. Jane’s mother brought the paintings back to California, and Jane grew up surrounded by Edith’s work. Back in 1924, Edith had been committed to an asylum at the age of 57, and Jane has spent much of her adult life trying to figure out how she got there. Piecing together fragments of information, Jane knows that Edith left her family home in 1888 to study art in New York. She met a...

HBO Documentary Films: MY DEPRESSION (The Up and Down and Up of It)

HBO Documentary Films: MY DEPRESSION (The Up and Down and Up of It)

Overview: Famed Broadway writer, director and composer Elizabeth Swados has struggled with depression her whole life. In MY DEPRESSION (THE UP AND DOWN AND UP OF IT), she shares her experiences with this often-misunderstood condition to make a difficult and sometimes taboo topic more accessible and understandable. Based on Swados’ graphic memoir “My Depression: A Picture Book,” and featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver (as Swados), Steve Buscemi, Fred Armisen and Dan Fogler. Simultaneously heartfelt and entertaining, this documentary illuminates the symptoms, emotions and side effects of the disorder through witty animation, comedy...

Is the HBO Documentary Series THE JINX 2 possible?

Is the HBO Documentary Series THE JINX 2 possible?

You were among those glued to HBO’s airing of the documentary series THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST earlier this year, right? The six episode limited series, or miniseries or whatever it is classified, held audience’s attention as murder suspect Robert Durst allowed cameras to be turned on him. The crimes, as best they could be pieced together, were reenacted and Durst was interviewed. What was revealed was creepy, odd and disturbing the whole way up to its final moments. Since then, THE JINX (by Andrew Jarecki, pictured) was entangled in a bit of controversy as to how it how/when it was shot. The bigger news was that...

HBO Documentary Films: LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER

HBO Documentary Films: LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER

Overview: Author, activist and playwright Larry Kramer is a political firebrand who gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. This pioneering activist co-founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), where his calls for direct action protest made AIDS a national issue, forever changing public health policy. This documentary is highlighted by present-day footage as he reminisces about his life in the midst of battling complications from a liver transplant and a decade of living with HIV. Featuring unprecedented access to Kramer in his...

HBO Documentary Films: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014

HBO Documentary Films: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014

Overview: More than 32,000 people die from gun violence every year in America, an average of 88 people per day. REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014 highlights a few of the estimated 8,000 individuals who died from gunfire that spring, drawing exclusively on found media – news accounts, police investigations and social media – to shine a light on little-known stories of tragic loss, bringing the victims to life in their own words and images. Whether by homicide, accident or suicide, a wide cross-section of Americans – men and women, young and old, from every racial background – are victims and perpetrators of such gun violence....

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